Big Lou–Accordion Artiste @ Noir Film Festival 2014

This year, international showings of Noir Films were reflected by ‘theme’ entertainment from accordion artist, BIG LOU! She played a variety of music to clinch the background of German & French cultures being represented prior to the screenings & during the intermissions. It was a refreshing treat, adding a nice zest for audience enjoyment.

Big Lou, accordion Princess--more Royalty in Noir than in Buckingham Palace this year!  http://www.accordionprincess.com/id68.html

Big Lou, Accordion Princess–more Royalty @ Noir Film Festival than in Buckingham Palace this year! http://www.accordionprincess.com/id68.html

For A Few Moments, Let Jonathan Biss Channel Robert Schumann

I was introduced to composer Robert Schumann in a rather conventional manner, via a Music Appreciation course, taught @ Butler University, Indianapolis. I loved Robert Schumann’s music from the moment I heard it. Over the years since being introduced to it, I have played various recordings thousands of times. In this brief You Tube, pianist Jonathan Biss discusses the influence of Robert Schumann on his life. He has become one of the foremost contemporary interpreters of his music. I was fortunate enough to attend his performance of the Schumann Piano Concerto in A-minor. It ranked up there with the interpretation given generations ago by Dame Myra Hess. It’s clear both of them understood the inner sanctum that Robert Schumann expressed via his music. Their gift to the world was/is being able to have the technical expertise & love of the composer & his music & share that with the world.

Jonathan Biss: About Robert Schumann

Olivia Newton-John!

Words just not needed here! Will say I was partially raised in a State that is on the Banks of the Ohio, Indiana! I can listen to her endlessly…

Here’s a bonus:

San Francisco Silent Film Festival Presents Hitchcock 9 Silent Era Films

A TRIBUTE TO GENIUS–

Alfred Hitchcock-Maestro           (1899-1980) 9 Of His Silent Era Films Featured @ Castro Theatre June 2013

Alfred Hitchcock-Maestro
(1899-1980)
9 Of His Silent Era Films
Featured @ Castro Theatre June 2013

Was a terrific honour & priviledge to attend & have the opportunity to meet one of his grand daughters & her daughter, a great-grand daughter. Wonderful way to experience the continuity of film history with a living connection to the genius behind the making of so many iconic films. They were fun to meet & clearly elated to be there for this highly deserved tribute. He never won an Academy Award, but many who worked with him did. Yet, he is remembered today, whilst many who did received that coveted Golden Man are not. His films still fill houses & the best of them require multiple viewings, just to savour the brilliance. All thanks to those associated with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival who made this tribute to him possible! Putting this together was a fine achievement for this art form & offered many of us a chance, for the first time, to see how his genius evolved.

Here is a still from The Ring, 1927

The Ring, 1927, featuring Lilian Hall-Davis & Carl Brisson.  Still taken from Castro Theatre Screen projection 15 June 2013.

The Ring, 1927, featuring Lilian Hall-Davis & Carl Brisson. Still taken from Castro Theatre Screen projection 15 June 2013.

This special treat from You Tube, collected by Morgan T. Rhys. We owe this person a debt of gratitude. This tribute covers most of his vast career. It was a joy to watch these!
EVERY ALFRED HITCHCOCK CAMEO

Dusty Springfield–Just thinking about her…(1939-1999) Too soon gone.

When I first remember hearing Dusty Springfield, I had no idea that she was not an American. It does not matter in the long haul, but she, more than many others, in the “British Invasion” Era, sounded more like what we grew up with–sort of more American than many Americans, the way we jokingly say more English than the Queen. I miss her. Her legacy is still with & within us, in recordings, You Tube, and the like. But, she is gone, and was taken far too soon.

I gathered a few of these, put them together, just as a way of having a sort of visit with her. I am glad she made it in this country & the interviews, a bit lengthy, perhaps, offer tribute to her from her peers in the music world. It doesn’t get better than that.

YOU DON”T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME…

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Interview from Peers About Dusty Springfield: B.J. Thomas & Petula Clark

The Sad Goodbye

Princess Melita Bonaparte Begs Paramount To Remake, Not Repave, Sunset Boulevard

Princess Melita Bonaparte, ready for her close up, says that she will base her interpretation of the part of Norma Desmond upon her exhaustive research of the life of Pola Negri.

Princess Melita Bonaparte, ready for her close up, says that she will base her interpretation of the part of Norma Desmond upon her exhaustive research of the life of Pola Negri.Princess Melita Bonaparte, klaar voor haar close-up, zegt dat zij haar interpretatie van het gedeelte van Norma Desmond zal baseren op haar uitputtend onderzoek van de levensduur van Pola Negri.

With resolve generally associated with Dutch determination to make things work, Her Serene Highness has consented to take a direct call from Paramount Executives, to begin filming “a more authentic remake” of the Gloria Swanson-William Holden classic, Sunset Boulevard. Gasps could be heard from pillar to post, at the outré of such suggestions, but never one to shirk adventure, it would not come as any surprise that Paramount might rise to the occasion. It won’t be to rent her car, she hasn’t one. “And if Paramount should fail me, then profile me on one of those American Greed episodes, so I can get my cut of the green stuff,” she implores.

Her Serene Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte, found something that is made in the United States of America. She wishes the best of advice as how to handle this rare item. “Should I put it with my Gutenberg Bible, or with the jewels that were handed down to me by Cleopatra? It is an extremely rare item and it is our wish to make certain that it finds the right home, to exist as proof for future generations that things were once actually manufactured here in this country.”
Hare Doorluchtigheid, The Princess Melita Bonaparte, iets gevonden dat wordt gemaakt in de Verenigde Staten van Amerika. Ze wil het beste van advies hoe u dit zeldzaam object behandelen. “Moet ik het met mijn Gutenberg-bijbel, of met de juwelen die werden overgeleverd aan mij door Cleopatra? Het is een uiterst zeldzame voorwerp en het onze wens om er zeker van dat het juiste huis vindt, op te bestaan ​​als bewijs voor toekomstige generaties die dingen ooit daadwerkelijk hier in dit land werden vervaardigd.”

“I will put these rare American manufactured items up for collateral, in order to encourage investors for such a project, she has promised. “I will promote it with my heart and soul. It will sweep the Oscars, or at least the streets,” so she says.

“They were too tall to get complete focus in one shot, but I wanted to prove to investors that they were made here.”-Princess Melita Bonaparte

"You cannot find such items as this now. It is worth more than my entire jewelry collection!"

You cannot find such items as this now. It is worth more than my entire jewelry collection!”


These priceless & historic items from DART CONTAINER CORPORATION "Made in the USA."  They should be worth enough to finance my breakthrough role & provide Paramount with enough profit to buy another country for me."

“These priceless & historic items from DART CONTAINER CORPORATION “Made in the USA.” They should be worth enough to finance my breakthrough role & provide Paramount with enough profit to buy another country for me.”

Maria Muldaur: Midnight @ The Oasis–Love It!

Saw this sign for The Oasis & it’s fairly easy to see the resulting associations…

Oasis Cafe, San Francisco-not directly related to the song, but does serve as a pleasant reminder.

Oasis Cafe, San Francisco-not directly related to the song, but does serve as a pleasant reminder.

The photograph I took of the album Maria Muldaur autographed for me when in San Francisco.

The photograph I took of the album Maria Muldaur autographed for me when in San Francisco.


Video from You Tube of Maria Muldaur singing her signature song: Midnight At The Oasis.